5Cs announce class of 2023 admissions, but multiple schools withhold information

Graphic by Meghan Joyce. Source: Common Data Sets.

Each of the 5Cs recently released its regular decision admissions results to applicants for the class of 2023. But in a a departure from previous years, multiple schools chose to withhold some admissions statistics from the public — at least temporarily.

Pitzer College admitted 13.2 percent of its applicants, according to a press release, the same acceptance rate as last year, and the lowest of the colleges that provided data.

Harvey Mudd College’s acceptance rate was 13.4 percent, according to a press release, down more than a percentage point from the previous year. This year’s acceptance rate was the lowest for Mudd since the class of 2020, which had a 12.6 percent acceptance rate.

Graphic by Meghan Joyce

Scripps College admitted 29.8 percent of its applicants, according to Victoria Romero, Scripps’ vice president for enrollment. That number is up nearly six percentage points from last year and the highest acceptance rate of the 5Cs that released admissions data.

Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College declined to release their acceptance rates. However, the rates will likely become public when the 2019-20 Common Data Sets — a report with a variety of information that many colleges release annually — are released.

Except for CMC, all the schools released some admissions data.

Of the colleges that released demographic data about their admitted student pool, Mudd accepted the highest percentage of students of color — nearly 60 percent.

Seven percent of Mudd’s admitted students are international, and accepted applicants hail from 43 states and 27 foreign countries, according to the press release.

Pomona accepted 58 percent students of color and 13.5 percent international, according to a press release. Admitted applicants come from 49 states and 47 foreign countries.

“I was particularly excited to admit so many community college students and military veterans this year via our transfer admissions process,” Pomona’s Director of Admissions Adam Sapp said in an email. “These students bring a truly different perspective to campus, one that I know will have an impact in the Pomona classroom and beyond.”

Forty-six percent of Pitzer’s admitted class are students of color, and 8.2 percent are international students. Pitzer’s admitted class is 56 percent female and 12.9 percent first-generation. The admitted students pool represents 38 states and 25 countries.

CMC declined to provide any data on admissions, but plans to release information about the actual class of 2023 once students have committed to enroll, because the breakdown of the admitted pool is sometimes different from the incoming class, according to Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, CMC’s assistant vice president for admission.

“We do not think it is illuminating to present data on admitted students prior to knowing the characteristics of the class of 2023,” Sandoval-Dancs said via email.

Similarly, Pomona declined to release its acceptance rate for the class of 2023 until the admissions cycle ends, according to Sapp.

Graphic by Hank Snowdon

Our aim is to help move the admissions conversation toward finding the best fit and away from the focus on admission rates,” Sapp said.

CMC’s acceptance rate last year was 8.9 percent. Pomona’s was 6.96 percent.

Scripps will not release demographic information for its admitted class until it confirms who is enrolling, according to Romero.


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